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BagUps, Making a Difference One Bag at a Time

Bag Ups, Jack Licata

Title / Role: Owner / President, Jack Licata
Location: Basking Ridge, New Jersey
Formed in: 2015
What do you do?

Fast Bags Corp. using proprietary patents is poised to disrupt the current way people change the trash. We invented a product 100% of the population can use. Fast Bags Corp.’s cornerstone product is a unique multi-patented dispenser for the Consumer and Commercial Trash Bag Product sector. BagUps® EZ Trash Bag Replacements is a self-contained pre-loaded perforated bag dispenser that is “Not Built To Last”. Our mission with this product is to increase the efficiency of commercial trash-changing operations saving businesses time and money. For the homeowner, it makes it easier and more convenient for the person changing the trash. Using biodegradable material, employing Veterans, and People with Disabilities in the USA. We are committed to making a difference one bag at a time.

What inspired you to start your business?

When I was in the Air Force one day a month I had to manage the office, and at the end of the day change the trash. The function I despised the most was changing the trash. Mostly because it was inefficient. I was a graduate of the Citadel, had my MBA, was a Captain, and a nuclear missile launch officer, etc. And I still had to change the trash bag, I said “There had to be a better way”, but there wasn’t, so I went out and invented a better way. The product is called BagUps®

What's special about your business?

BagUps is the only multi-patented trash bag dispensing system, 100% Made in the USA by Veterans and people with disabilities. BagUps saves time, and money, and adds convenience. Our bags are biodegradable and break down in 2 years compared to 1000 years like a regular bag. Veteran-owned & operated. The subscription model is delivered directly to your mailbox.

What have been the high and low points of being a business owner?

Not having inventory, and not having money were pretty low times. High points are putting Veterans and people with disabilities to work. Winning awards, selling out of product at trade shows, and being on TV / National News many times

What is your relationship with SCORE? SCORE client What influenced you to seek help from SCORE?

Needed help from professionals in starting up a business & a business plan

How SCORE helped.

In too many ways to mention, helped in all aspects of business, always moving forward.

What's great about my mentor?

Each one of our SCORE Mentors brought their expertise/specialty to our business. It was really amazing it was to have such experienced experts for mentoring at no cost. All these mentors really cared and went the extra mile to support me in any way.

What advice would you give to someone thinking of starting a small business?

Go For it... Run it out!!... it's not the practice your dream!!

What have you learned from your experiences as a business owner?

All areas of business. From the business plan, building the product, building a website, marketing, selling, pricing, running a business, raising capital, etc..

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